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Monifa, "I am lucky" in Yoruba, is the world's newest and cutest pygmy hippo, born into captivity at NSW, Australia's Taronga Zoo.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts (27 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
An itty-bitty hippo!!! Yay!

(I swear when I look at pics of baby animals, I temporarily lose about 50 IQ points...)
posted by Green Eyed Monster at 7:44 AM on November 7, 2008


I read that as "NSFW, Australia's Taronga Zoo..."
posted by adamms222 at 7:48 AM on November 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


Cute, yes.

But will it blend?
posted by felix betachat at 7:52 AM on November 7, 2008 [2 favorites]


Like Common Hippos, Pygmy Hippos can be extremely aggressive. Although not territorial, they will still attack trespassers to their environment.

Cute, until some gets their eye bit out.
posted by StickyCarpet at 8:01 AM on November 7, 2008


What do you call two pygmy hippos riding a bicycle?

Optimistic.
posted by netbros at 8:18 AM on November 7, 2008 [2 favorites]


If the potent combination of baby + pygmy + hippo + bathtime ever falls into the wrong hands, I fear for our very existence.
posted by DU at 8:23 AM on November 7, 2008


Australia? Make sure there aren't any seven year-olds around.
posted by Kimothy at 8:34 AM on November 7, 2008 [2 favorites]


Yay. Thank you, because I'm having a bad day and tiny hippos are the antidote.
posted by ltracey at 8:42 AM on November 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


I have been quietly working to make the pygmy hippo to official animal of the National Zoo in Washington, DC. The pygmy hippo's space there is so tiny. We need your help!
posted by parmanparman at 8:47 AM on November 7, 2008


Yay! Thanks for the cuteness. Happy Friday!
posted by iamkimiam at 8:54 AM on November 7, 2008


I want to see her eating jumbo shrimp.
posted by cog_nate at 9:02 AM on November 7, 2008 [2 favorites]


EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
posted by Greg Nog at 9:02 AM on November 7, 2008


When can I get a mini elephant?
posted by jma at 9:04 AM on November 7, 2008


My daughters have looked at this post and decided that it's made of cute.
posted by chuckdarwin at 9:18 AM on November 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


Yay! Happy lucky baby pygmy hippy!
posted by trip and a half at 9:55 AM on November 7, 2008


Hippo.
posted by trip and a half at 9:55 AM on November 7, 2008


Whoa! Coincidentally, I just happened to read the President Calvin Coolidge had a pet pygmy hippo named Billy!

Lesson learned. Do more research before posting.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 10:20 AM on November 7, 2008


I read that as "NSFW...

Me too. So for a second my mind was trying to visualize the video behind the "(...) cutest[>] pygmy hippo, born into captivity. NSFW"

My imagination failed me, I couldn't make the jump to the animal kingdom so all I came up with was this. NSFW obviously.
posted by mnsc at 10:48 AM on November 7, 2008


omg EAR FLICKS!
posted by By The Grace of God at 11:21 AM on November 7, 2008


Did you know that baby pygmy hippos kill more people every year than sharks do?
posted by Dasein at 11:38 AM on November 7, 2008


I still want a baby rhino...
posted by 445supermag at 12:11 PM on November 7, 2008


Just remember, kids, hippos do not make good pets.
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 12:15 PM on November 7, 2008


It is very cute for something so slimy and deadly.
posted by rmless at 1:11 PM on November 7, 2008


AAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!! (in the tone of Beatlemania)

Why aren't there more girlish screams of delight in here???
posted by nosila at 1:13 PM on November 7, 2008


Between this and the box of puppies, MetaFilter has been a good job as acting as a sort of proxy Baby Animal Channel.

Next, I would like to see baby tigers. Thnx.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 4:01 PM on November 7, 2008


In other adorable news: The baby elephant that has been adopted by a sheep
posted by homunculus at 1:40 PM on November 12, 2008




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